Foggy Hill Vineyard Latest Reviews
I've had this open for a day and a half now and only now is it looking at it's best. In fact, yesterday afternoon when I first opened the bottle I was left thinking 'what did I see in this last time'. What a difference a day makes...
For today it looks bright, vibrant and serious, glowing ruby red in the glass and smelling backward. That's much of the problem with this wine - beyond the redcurrant it's actually quite sullen and herbal, restrained and just a bit warm. It tastes very much like a work in progress actually, with a palate that is bound up in acidity and soapy stem tannins. It's this structure though that is ultimately one of the best things about the wine, a hint of glory that reminds just how serious a Pinot this is.
In the wash it's unquestionably a smart wine, if not the most obvious beast at the moment. 17.7/92+
The establishment of Tapanappa could be the most exciting thing to ever happen to South Australian pinot noir. After following up his first vintage (2007) with a much improved wine from 2008 (94pts), Brian Croser has set the bar even higher with his best release yet from 2009. The future for Tapanappa's young Foggy Hill vineyard looks very bright indeed.
Louise Radman selects food-friendly wines for lush summer celebrations
2009 Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Serious and sensual with the poise of a cool maritime climate where the fog rolls in off the Great Southern Ocean.
Aromatics of fresh plucked roses and leafy floral sprays. Black cherry, aniseed, mocha and sandalwood with silken texture and thrilling tension.
match with coffee roasted duck or pork.
Brian Croser is one of Australia's most influential winemakers, and he has invested heart and soul into this vineyard on SA's Fleurieu Peninsula. This is the third vintage from what Croser has deemed a "distinguished site" and it's regarded as the best yet: smooth, subtly earthy and with great depth. Forget the shaving gear and get a bottle of this for Father's Day. Only 1,200 cases were made, so don't much about.
Brian Croser chose one of the coolest, dampest spots on the Fleurieu Peninsula to plant pinot noir vines after identifying Foggy Hill as a "distinquished site." The veteran winemaker's faith has been rewarded with delightful 2009; ethereal aromas are followed up by a medium-bodied, dry and subtle wine on the palate with hints of both stalks and earthiness. A savoury, beautifully structured wine that opened up over the 48 hours after the cork had been pulled. What a pity it is under cork, though.
The 2008 Foggy Hill Pinot Noir has been named in Robert Geddes MW's Top 100 Wines, in the latest edition of his Australian Wine Vintages (aka the gold book).